The Yerevan Museum of Modern Art was founded in 1972 by the efforts of Henrik Igityan, Yerevan Mayor G. Hasratyan and the best Armenian painters. As a specialized museum of modern art this establishment was the first not only in the former Soviet Union, but also in the whole socialist block. Within the following 20 years the museum kept its uniqueness.
The first exhibition of the museum completely consisted of the works of the Armenian artists of the 1960s granted to the museum by them. The main exhibits of the museum are the works of Minas Avetisyan, Ashot Hovhannisyan, Martin Petrosyan, Hakob Hakobyan, Gayane Khachatryan, Vruyr Galstyan, the Elibekyan brothers, Harutyun Lakents, Rudolph Khachatryan, Ashot Bayandur and other outstanding artists.
In 2007 a new building was allocated to the museum where the works of the artists of middle and younger generation are exhibited. The artists of the 1980s such as Kamo Nigaryan, Marine Dilanyan, Albert Hakobyan, Mnavel Baghdasaryan, Arevik Arevshatyan, Ruben Grigoryan, Armen Gevorgyan, Sona Banoyan, Vahan Rumelyan, Moko Khachatryan, Gagik Ghazanchyan, Tigran Matulyan, Mushegh Mkhitaryan, Teni Vardanyan, Gabriel Manukyan, Sargis Hamalbashyan, Artur and Ararat Sargsyans and others are exhibited there.
In 2004 a benefactor Grigor Muradyan granted the museum the works of well-known American-Armenian artist and sculptor Emil Kazaz. Headed by Henrik Igityan the staff of the museum prepared a number of albums, such as "Kochar”, "A. Bazhbeuk-Melikyan”, "From Hovnatanyan to Minas”,”Museum”,”Armenian palette I”, "Armenian palette II”, "Minas Avetisyan”, ‘Vruir Galstyan”, "Ashot Hovhannisyan”, as well as individual catalogues of the artists of 1980s. Now the catalogue of "Yerevan Modern Art Museum” is being prepared for publication.
The museum is open from 11.00 to 18.00
Day off – Monday
Entrance fee-AMD 500
Excursion service –
In Armenian – AMD 2000
In foreign languages – AMD 2500
The third and fourth Fridays of each month the entrance is free of charge for pupils and students.